US Gov't Plans to Counter ‘Misinformation' on Agri-biotech ProductsMay 10, 2017
Misinformation on biotechnology is expected to decrease in the U.S. because of the proposed markup in the budget for biotech education. The U.S. House Committee on Appropriations is considering to increase the budget for agriculture spending bill, Fiscal Year 2017 Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act. US$3 million was proposed to be used by the Food and Drugs Administration and the Department of Agriculture for consumer outreach to promote the understanding and acceptance of agricultural biotechnology and its products.
According to the full committee report draft on the agriculture bill, FDA and USDA will take charge of the initiative through publication and distribution of science-based educational information on the environmental, nutritional, food safety, economic, and humanitarian benefits of biotechnology food and feed products.
In line with this, 66 food and agricultural organizations showed their support for biotech education by sending a letter to the Congressional leaders. "The United States is strong and prosperous because American leaders embrace the responsible use of technology and set forth public policies to move the nation forward in this regard. Science education plays an important role in this forward momentum. That is why we support the inclusion of $3 million for FDA and USDA to help the public better understand science- and fact-based information about agricultural biotechnology," stated in the letter.
Biotech Updates is a weekly newsletter of ISAAA, a not-for-profit organization. It is distributed for free to over 22,000 subscribers worldwide to inform them about the key developments in biosciences, especially in biotechnology. Your support will help us in our mission to feed the world with knowledge. You can help by donating as little as $10.
See more articles:
News from Around the World
- ISAAA Presents 2016 Annual Report on GM Crops Adoption in Beijing
- Kenyan Maize and Cotton Farmers Petition for Bt Maize and Bt Cotton Seeds
- International Consortium Releases Barley Genome Sequence
- Study Finds Unexpected Strategy to Delay or Reverse Evolution of Resistance by Pests to GM Crops
- Brazil Leads the Developing Countries in GM Crop Adoption
- US Gov't Plans to Counter ‘Misinformation' on Agri-biotech Products
- In Future Climates, Modified Soybeans Yield More
- Wheat Multipathogen Resistance Gene Confers Anthracnose and Rust Resistance in Sorghum
- CaDIR1 Gene Regulates the Drought Stress Response in Pepper
Beyond Crop Biotech
- US FDA Approves DIY Genetic Test Kit
- Tea Tree Genome Reveals Insights on Its Flavor, Evolution of Caffeine Biosynthesis
- Pioneering Women in Sustainable Agriculture and Food Biotechnology
- Engineering Our Food: A Discussion of Genetically Modified Foods
- Watch the First Commercial Arctic® Apple Trees Being Planted
- Development of Canker-Resistant Citrus through CRISPR-Cas9 Editing of Susceptibility Gene Promoter
Read the latest:
- Biotech Updates (November 29, 2023)
- Gene Editing Supplement (November 29, 2023)
- Gene Drive Supplement (February 22, 2023)
Subscribe to BU: